Back To Work Monday All Wet (and Icy, and Snowy...)

Storm System Remaining Through Early Tues. Morning

December 01, 2019 - 9:00 pm
Winter storm complicates holiday return, back-to-work travel

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As the holiday weekend comes to a close, Hartford and most of the Northeast are shivering through two days of icy, snowy weather and related travel tie-ups.

A National Weather Service (NWS) Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Tuesday at 7 a.m. for Hartford and Tolland counties, plus most of Windham, New Haven and Middlesex counties. Sleet and freezing rain will change to mainly rain after midnight Monday morning. Rain will change back to snow Monday night into Tuesday.

Litchfield County remains under a Winter Storm Warning over the same time period. The NWS forecast calls for "total snow and sleet accumulations of 7 to 13 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch."

Fairfield County is also under a Winter Storm Warning.   

Parts of Northern New England and New York's Adirondacks and Capital District could see more than a foot of snow. 

``We've got our shovels ready. We've got the snowblower ready. We're prepared,'' said Paul Newman (no relation) of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Newman, who braved the forecast to take his son to a college basketball game in Hartford, said it took him about five hours to get new tires Saturday because it seemed everyone else was doing the same thing.

``I think there's some extra hype on this one because it's the first one of the year,`` said Justin Bette, of Southbury, Connecticut. ``We've been around for quite a while, we think we'll be OK.``

Boston is projected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow, but Mayor Marty Walsh says schools will be open on Monday.

The same storm has been pummeling the U.S. for days as it moves cross country, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

It has been blamed for several deaths.

The bodies of a boy and a girl, both 5, were found in central Arizona after their vehicle was swept away Friday while crossing a swollen creek. Two adults and four other children were rescued by helicopter, but a 6-year-old girl is still missing. Rescuers are combing the area of Tonto Basin, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix, with helicopters, drones, boats and dogs.``We want to bring her home safely to her family,'' said Lt. Virgil Dodd of the Gila County Sheriff's Office. ``She needs to come home today, and we're going to do that.'

Two boys, ages 5 and 8, died Saturday near Patton, Missouri, when the vehicle they were riding in was swept off flooded roads.

A 48-year-old man died in a separate incident near Sedgewickville, Missouri, and a storm-related death was reported in South Dakota.

Also in South Dakota, a small-engine plane carrying 12 people crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon, killing nine people and injuring three others. Federal aviation investigators are looking into whether snowy weather was a factor.

Major highways reopened Sunday in Wyoming and Colorado, a day after blizzard conditions clogged roads with snow drifts. Road crews were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 in Wyoming early Sunday after strong winds abated. Major interstates in Colorado were also reopened.

Still, authorities warned travelers to remain alert for slick conditions and blowing snow.

The city of Duluth, Minnesota, was blanketed with 21.7 inches (0.6 meters) of snow as of 12 p.m. Sunday. City officials said streets were impassible and residents should stay inside.

Farther south, precipitation was in the form of rain and thunderstorms.

As the storm shifts east, flight delays and cancellations are continuing to pile up, disrupting travelers heading home after Thanksgiving.